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Jurassic World

Ah, the Jurassic World trailer… where to begin?

I was just the right age, back in 1993, to be fascinated and addicted to dinosaurs sometime prior to seeing Jurassic Park for the first time. In truth, my eight-year-old self, knowing all there was to know about dinosaurs, was even somewhat skeptical that the movie could possibly live up to the hype.

Critics and audiences were, for instance, cowering in fear of a new bogey, a nightmare villain that most had never even heard of up until this point – the velociraptor.

“Pah!” I went. “I’ve known about velociraptors for ages. They’re not even accurately depicted. They’re way too big. Real velociraptors were the size of chickens. The dinosaurs everyone is afraid should have been called deinonychus, or even utahraptor. Don’t these people know anything?”

Then, for my birthday, my mother took me and my cousins to go see a movie. The only choice for the dino-obsessed birthday boy was naturally Jurassic Park, even if I would have to suffer through the gross inaccuracies.

Needless to say, mislabeled deinonychus aside, Mr Spielberg blew my eight year old mind. Jurassic Park would forever hold a special place in my heart.

The sequel, The Lost World, came along a few years later. While I was pumped for the movie and among those who saw it on its opening weekend, it left me a little cold. Something was missing and the T-Rex’s romp through a city was a bit silly. JP3 came out, starring Spinosaurus as a big bad, a dinosaur I was pretty certain the latest research revealed as a fish-eater. At this point, I was old enough to know to read reviews. As a movie, it was a stinker. Its science was worse still.

I still haven’t seen it to this day.

Fast forward to the other day, when I stumbled upon a link to the Jurassic World trailer. I clicked, thinking “Why not? Even if the dinosaurs don’t have feathers, it might be worth a look”. The sound of¬†a soft, tinkly version of the Jurassic Park theme, the sight of the park operational and updated with modern technology, the sight of a mosasaur leaping out of the water and eating a shark… I’ll admit, it all got me pretty excited. I began to feel the exhilarating butterflies you only ever get when you’re in love or you’re a small child anticipating Christmas. Could this be the one that brings me back?

Then somebody mentioned the word “hybrid”.

Never had a movie trailer made me so happy and then so sad in such quick succession.

I have to wonder whether or not I’ve been watching a different movie to everybody else all this time. For me, Jurassic Park was never a monster movie. It was a movie about animals. Ancient, dead, magnificently large and fierce animals, but animals none the less. The original movie entranced me because it brought (most of) the science I loved to life on the screen and introduced to the world the idea of dinosaurs as agile, birdlike creatures. Its later iterations haven’t done that, preferring to retread the path¬†Jurassic Park forged. From the moment the announcement came that the movie wouldn’t feature feathered dinosaurs, I knew the people making it weren’t interested in the dinosaurs themselves, but rather the fear those creatures represent.

At least I’ll always have the original.


Back in the Saddle Again

It has been quite a while since I’ve updated this blog. I can put it down to various reasons, work, life, my own laziness and the seizing-up that happens when I go to post and feel as though I have nothing to say. To be honest, the same thing happens on my twitter account, with the word limit severely handicapping me even when I think I’ve thunk a deep thought. Those are all excuses, however, and I need to stop making it.

It is now December and I’ve just gone through my third NaNoWriMo in a row, having written ten chapters of a sequel to a book I nobody will ever read. Still, the experience of actually getting words on paper and watching as my word count graph grew to reach the goal of 50,000 has given me a renewed vigour. It’s amazing how therapeutic it is to simply write, especially when I make it a habit.

Suffice it to say that along with all the rest of my new years resolutions for 2015 (the usual, change jobs, eat better, excercise more etc.) is to write every day. Even if I only get down a single word, I think I’ll be much happier for it.

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A Brief Note on Programming

I have allowed this blog to lie fallow for the last few months and that is a failing I intend to rectify in the near future. Not only have I failed to deliver on Part 4 of my Zelda timeline post series, but I have also discovered a mistake regarding the fabled “Blue Swamp Incident” in part 3, which I also intend to rectify.

To be fair, I have some good excuses.

Firstly, during November, some additional work-related commitments ate up a good chunk of my free time. I also wrote 52,000 words of a novel (still unfinished) as part of the excellent NaNoWriMo event. The latter still needs a lot of work before it’s ready (three chapters and a few rewrites), but writing it has certainly been an interesting experience and has taught me the importance of managing my free time.

Then, during December, and this is the big one, my wife and I unexpectedly became parents. Now the becoming a parent wasn’t what was surprising so much as the timing of it. Our little tyke arrived two months premature, which rearranged all our priorities immediately. Not a lot of time for blogging or researching the minutiae of video game fandom between hospital visits.

In the meantime, one blog I heartily recommend is the Dead Heat Politics Blog. It’s brand new, but I’ve been reading these guys’ writings for years and have learned much of what I know about US politics from their insightful commentary. I just hope they can keep their pace better than I do.

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